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Feb 27 17:34

Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of Moscow

Famous Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in the center of Moscow. The shots came from a vehicle. Reportedly, Nemtsov had previously received death threats on social media sites.

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This feels like part of a covert US destabilization operation. If so, expect the US corporate media to blame Putin for this, much as Yanukovich was framed for the sniper attacks that started the coup in Kiev a year ago!

Feb 27 13:30

PERCEPTION MANAGERS: 35,000 INDIVIDUALS HAVE REPORTEDLY SIGNED UP TO JOIN UKRAINE’S ‘INFORMATION ARMY’

Russia’s vast state media sector has been embroiled in what has been referred to as an “information war” with Kiev and Western outlets since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict, offering differing interpretations of the Ukrainian revolution and subsequent war in the east of the country.? The new initiative, which seeks to mobilise Ukrainian bloggers to post their accounts of the war online, was made live earlier this month in a bid to counter Russian propaganda coverage of the conflict.

Feb 27 13:00

Ukrainians Escape From Mobilization by Obtaining Hungarian Citizenship

Almost 94 thousands of inhabitants of Zakarpattia region in western Ukraine have obtained Hungarian citizenship, according to Janos Arpad Potapi, Hungary's Secretary of State.

Feb 27 12:58

The Entire Case for Sanctions Against Russia Is Pure Lies

U.S. President Barack Obama has stated many times his case against Russia — the reason for the economic sanctions. In his National Security Strategy 2015, he uses the term “aggression” 18 times, and 17 of them are referring specifically to only one country as “aggressive”: Russia. However, not once does he say there what the “aggression” consisted of: what its target was, or what it itself was. He’s vague there on everything except his own target: Russia.

Feb 27 11:47

FAS has offered to sell oil for rubles

Google translate: The head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) Igor Artemyev proposed to revisit the idea of selling part of the exported oil and petroleum products for rubles, reports on Friday, February 27, "Interfax".

Feb 27 11:46

Moscow threatens Washington painful countermeasures in case of new sanctions

Google translate: As informs "Interfax", said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Ryabkov.

"We leave for all options, including used and, if necessary, will be applied fairly painful countermeasures," - said a senior diplomat.

On the eve of the US State Department spokesman Jen Psak said that the United States continues to consider the possibility of imposing sanctions on Russia in the case of deterioration of the situation in Ukraine.

Feb 27 10:25

NATO Eyes Air Defenses Over Fears Putin Will Target Baltics

NATO's newest members are nervous.

Troops are being trained up and reinforced. A new "spearhead force" is in the works. Fighter jets are scrambling. Military maneuvering is ramping up amid mounting concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin will broaden his gaze beyond Crimea and Ukraine to the Baltic nations.

Valdis
Valdis Dombrovskis, vice president of the European Commission, warned that Russia was redrawing the map of Europe by force. Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon last week said there was a "real and present danger" Russia's president would seek to destabilize Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — all small NATO members with enough legitimate issues of disenfranchisement among their Russian minorities to make them prime potential targets for any Putin push.

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A memo to Valdis Dombrovskis: sir, have you gone absolutely foaming-at-the-mouth, barking MAD, to make these accusations in public?!?

It is disturbing to me that NATO could come to this conclusion only on the basis of trumped-up accusations with no basis in fact whatsoever. And just in case you are having a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder) regarding Russia, let me gently acquaint you with the facts of the matter here.

1. The legitimately elected President of Ukraine was deposed in a European/US/ECB-sponsored coup. Poroshenko was then imposed on the people of Ukraine in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

2. Crimea, which had been a part of Russia, and is Russian- speaking, was annexed by Kruschev, himself a native Ukrainian, in the 50s. When the government of Crimea realized that the legitimate government of Ukraine had been done away with, they requested, in what was characterized as a free and fair referendum, to join the Russian Federation.

3. Russia did not "annex" Crimea: Crimea asked to joinn the Russian Federation, because the legitimate government of Ukraine was destroyed in the putsch.

4. The Russia bashing I am seeing, both here in the US and abroad, coupled with the sanctions against it for no earthly rational reason, appear to be a prelude to some huge false flag, to be blamed upon it, as a pretext for war against it, to prevent the US dollar from losing its position as the world's primary currency.

5. NATO's ability to fight, and win, a war against Russia is tricky proposition at best; look how horrificically NATO has failed and flailed in Afghanistan, against a people with only relative primitive weapons.

ANY QUESTIONS, EU COMMISSION VICE PRESIDENT DOMBROVSKIS?!?

Feb 27 09:15

Putin's Cyprus deal gives Russia a foothold in the EU: British MPs blast island's decision to let Moscow's navy use its ports

Russia has gained a military foothold in Europe after Vladimir Putin signed a controversial deal with Cyprus to dock warships there.

British MPs said Nicosia’s decision to let the Russian navy, including heavily armed frigates, use its ports for counter-terrorism and anti-piracy was ‘worrying and disappointing’.

Cyprus, an EU member, thrashed out the agreement despite already hosting two British military bases and 3,200 troops. President Putin insisted the deal ‘should not cause worries anywhere’.

But Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who was visiting Moscow, hinted Russian warplanes could also be allowed to use a military airbase in Paphos, on the south-west coast of the island.

Feb 27 08:30

Breaking newsSenate votes to fund DHS, sending spending bill to the House Home / News /OSCE ‘welcomes’ artillery withdrawal by both sides in E. Ukraine

The OSCE welcomes the withdrawal of heavy artillery from the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine by both sides of the conflict, the deputy chief monitor of the OSCE mission told RT, adding that the organization needs to know where the weapons are heading.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) “welcomed that both sides are now indicating that they are taking steps to comply with these responsibilities,” Alexander Hug told RT after news emerged that Kiev troops had begun their withdrawal.

Feb 27 07:58

"Gazprom" knocks from Kiev recognition - Gazprom to shut gas valve Satrurday

Google Translate: "Gazprom" demanded "Naftogaz of Ukraine" to officially confirm the disclaimer from an advance payment for gas as long as Russia supplies fuel to the Donbas. Moscow believes that direct delivery to the DNI and LC a contract with "Naftogaz" and if Kiev will not pay for them, then stop supplies to Ukraine. If the parties to implement their threats on Saturday Ukraine could remain without gas from Russia. The European Commission proposed a compromise: to share supplies to Ukraine and the Donbass.

Feb 27 07:56

"Naftogaz" will take a loan from China's $ 3.6 billion

Google Translate: It is noted that the National Bank of China agreed to provide "Naftogaz" credit under government guarantees.

About 60% of the loan is for the purchase of Chinese equipment, 40% will be spent on increasing the efficiency of the mechanical engineering sector.

Earlier it was reported that the Russian Ministry of Energy expects "Naftogaz Ukrainy" timely advance payment for gas in the Brussels agreement.

Feb 27 07:56

Russia is ready to give China more than 50% stake in the oil and gas fields

Google Translate: Dvorkovich said that the Russian government may consider the application of Beijing for a 50% stake in the project, if any, will come from Chinese partners, and political obstacles that work under such conditions he sees.

Feb 27 07:50

ExxonMobil admits $1bn lost from anti-Russia sanctions

The contracts with Russia’s biggest oil company Rosneft damaged by the West’s anti-Russian sanctions have cost ExxonMobil $1 billion, the company said in its annual report.

Feb 27 07:50

Is fascist America ready for total war against Russia and China?

The debate to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism and the adoption of the UN Charter has recently taken part in New York. Yet, fascism as the destruction of a certain category of humans for the sake of exceptionalism of another category of humans has become the state ideology of the United States. To make matters worse, the UN does not fulfill its functions of a peacemaker.

Feb 27 07:49

War in Ukraine will continue in Europe

"I do not think that Poroshenko took part in the negotiations and signed the documents on the basis of his own position. Most likely, this was due to the influence of the real situation. In Debaltseve, by the way, the 128th Infantry Brigade was stationed. According to various sources, there was a NATO unit there too. Most likely, this urgency of the talks and Kiev's pliability were based on that. When the Ukrainian leaders see that they are about the fail, they negotiate.

"The United States did not take part in the talks directly, but the Americans expressed their position through Poroshenko, Merkel and Hollande. The word "federalism" that Poroshenko said in Munich obviously came from the United States.

Feb 27 07:48

Callsign: Arkanghel

If there was a way to arouse the Russian bear and make him lose its charm for the West, this was just put Nazism under his nose. It should be no need to mention the millions of deaths that Nazism has caused to the Russian people and to all the peoples involved in the carnage of World War II. It should not, but recent events have shown us just the opposite. We have all seen the swastikas that were flaunted with pride during the insurrection in Ukraine against the government of Viktor Yanukovych, a government that the Americans had already recognized as legitimate in the aftermath of his inauguration. We've all seen arms outstretched in the roman salute, the gangs potted glorifying Nazi Stephan Bandera. We have all witnessed the killing of helpless men and helpless women guilty of being Russians, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Rods, sticks, chains, knives. Molotov cocktails. But even snipers who fired on the crowd.

Feb 27 07:45

Ukraine Prepares for an Attack Against Russia

The post-coup leaders of Ukraine have routinely said that Ukraine should destroy Russia; and, now, starting on February 24th, they are placing into position the key prerequisite for doing so, which is the advanced Anti-Ballistic-Missile, or ABM, system, S-300, which is described as follows by wikipedia:

“The S-300 is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently fielded.[3] Its radars have the ability to simultaneously track up to 100 targets while engaging up to 12/24/36 targets. The S-300 deployment time is five minutes.[3] The S-300 missiles are sealed rounds and require no maintenance over their lifetime. An evolved version of the S-300 system is the S-400 (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler), which entered limited service in 2004.”

Feb 27 07:36

BEX ALERT - In Midst of War, Ukraine Becomes Gateway for Jihad

“OUR BROTHERS ARE there,” Khalid said when he heard I was going to Ukraine.

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"ISIS is in Eastern Ukraine! ISIS is in Eastern Ukraine! We just HAVE to invade now. We just HAVE to!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

And I did tell you this piece of propaganda was going to happen sooner or later.

Feb 27 07:34

Ukraine Culture Ministry Bans Staff Use of .ru Domain Mail

Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture has banned staff from using Russian ru. domain e-mails or file-exchange networks, it said on Thursday, announcing that the prohibition "aims to stop confidential data leakage".

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"We'll use the American systems. THAT will keep our data safe!!!" -- President Chocolate

Feb 27 07:33

Alarming Currency Devaluation Provokes Consumer Panic in Ukraine

The rapid devaluation of the hryvnia has triggered a panic amongst Ukrainian consumers, prompting people to “storm” supermarkets and pharmacies.

The Ukrainian currency has already lost 70 percent of its value, triggering a “consumer panic” in the country. Ukrainians are stockpiling food and medicine, scouring the shelves for sugar, cooking oil, flour, canned products, cakes and frozen chickens. Most of these products have already disappeared from Ukrainian stores.

Feb 27 07:31

France Threatens More Russia Sanctions If Ukraine Rebels Move on Mariupol

Moscow would face more EU sanctions if pro-Russia separatists attack the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday, potentially opening a corridor to the south, including the annexed Crimean peninsula.

Feb 27 07:31

Canada Quietly Tiptoeing into Ukraine Civil War

As debate over Canada’s role in the latest Iraq war rages, Ottawa is quietly being drawn into a second, more dangerous, conflict.

That second war is in Ukraine. The U.S. and Britain are sending military advisers there to help Ukraine’s embattled central government fight Moscow-backed secessionists. Defence Minister Jason Kenney says Canada might do the same.

Kenney told both Global News and the CBC that any Canadian soldiers in Ukraine would stay far away from the fighting.

This, of course, is the same assurance that the government gave last fall when it dispatched 69 commandos to advise Kurdish troops in Iraq. As it turned out, those advisers did end up under fire on the front lines.

Feb 27 07:30

BEX ALERT - BBC: Response to NATO Parade on Russia Border Shows Moscow Is Gunning for Baltics

The fact Russia responded to multi-national NATO parade 300 yards from its border and 100 miles from its former capital Saint Petersburg shows that the Baltics may be "next target for Kremlin land-grab"

Feb 27 07:08

Ukraine Prepares for an Attack Against Russia

The post-coup leaders of Ukraine have routinely said that Ukraine should destroy Russia; and, now, starting on February 24th, they are placing into position the key prerequisite for doing so, which is the advanced Anti-Ballistic-Missile, or ABM, system, S-300, which is described as follows by wikipedi.

Feb 27 07:07

Russian humanitarian aid convoy sets off to Donbas

. A 16th truck convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministry loaded with humanitarian aid has started off for war-torn Donbas, Oleg Voronov, the deputy chief of the ministry’s National Centre for Crisis Management, told TASS on Friday.

"At 04.00 a.m. Moscow Time over 170 trucks have left the Donskoy rescue centre [in the Russian southern Rostov region] and started moving towards the Russian border," Voronov said.

The trucks are due to deliver about 1,800 humanitarian cargoes to residents of the embattled Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Foodstuffs - canned meat, fish and dairy products, sugar, semolina, rice and buckwheat - constitute 80% of the relief aid, along with medicines, daily necessities, books and course books for school and college students in Donbas.

Feb 27 07:07

Washington fails to make up global anti-Russian coalition — Russia's foreign minister

Washington’s attempts to create a global anti-Russian coalition have failed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

"Washington has failed to make up a global anti-Russian coalition," Lavrov said at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy.

"We are engaged in a dialogue with the majority of the countries. Support of the world community for Russia’s balanced policy is growing," Lavrov said.

Lavrov said Russia will not be forced to change its foreign policy course under pressure from abroad.

Feb 27 07:06

Luhansk republic leader promises referendum on its future if Ukraine changes policies

The leader of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Luhansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, has promised to hold a referendum on the republic’s future in case political renovations take place in Ukraine.

He said it on Thursday in an interview with Rossiya’24 news channel.

"If there is a new, overhauled Ukraine, a country that wouldn’t call Russia an aggressor and wouldn’t refer to us as separatists and terrorists, then why not?" Plotnitsky said. "We’ll hold one more referendum then and people will express their will and will tell us whom they’d like to live together with and how."

Feb 27 07:06

Russia outraged over ISIL distribution of stolen UN humanitarian aid

Russia is outraged over the reports claiming that the Islamic State distributes humanitarian aid stolen from the United Nations with the terrorist group’s logotypes, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told a meeting of the world organisation’s Security Council on Thursday.

"We deeply resent the reports that the Islamic State actually steals relief aid from the UN agents and then distributes it with their own logotypes," Safronkov said. "We quite understand that all legal means for supplying the civilians, who are under the terrorists’ control, with humanitarian aid should be applied but under the condition of ensuring relevant guarantees so that such incidents would never happen again."

Feb 26 22:57

Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?

A year after a U.S.-backed coup ousted Ukraine’s elected president, the new powers in Kiev are itching for a “full-scale war” with Russia — and want the West’s backing even if it could provoke a nuclear conflict, a Strangelovian madness that the U.S. media ignores.

Feb 26 22:49

The Amherst Cauldron

The Ukraine the nightmare is real, ongoing and will not end well for anyone—not even for the oligarchs who started it.

Feb 26 21:24

Shadow of Truth – End of the War Dollar

Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi are prime examples of what happens if you decide exchanging your oil for something other than US dollars is a good idea.

Feb 26 18:22

Paul Craig Roberts: The Threat Posed to International Relations By The Neoconservative Ideology of American Hegemony

While the neoconservatives were preoccupied for a decade with their wars in the Middle East, creating a US Africa Command, organizing color revolutions, exiting disarmament treaties, surrounding Russia with military bases, and “pivoting to Asia” to surround China with new air and naval bases, Vladimir Putin led Russia back to economic and military competence and successfully asserted an independent Russian foreign policy.

When Russian diplomacy blocked Washington’s planned invasion of Syria and Washington’s planned bombing of Iran, the neoconservatives realized that they had failed the “first objective” of the Wolfowitz Doctrine and had allowed “the re-emergence of a new rival . . . on the territory of the former Soviet Union” with the power to block unilateral action by Washington.

The attack on Russia began.

Feb 26 14:33

Hryvnia official rate hits new low of UAH 30 to dollar

The National Bank of Ukraine at 1500 on Thursday set the hryvnia exchange rate at UAH 30.0102 to the dollar, or UAH 1.66 lower than the last historic low rate of UAH 28.3481 set by the NBU on Monday, according to the official Web site of the National Bank of Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the year the hryvnia’s official rate has fallen against the dollar by almost two times, or by UAH 14.24.

Feb 26 14:08

Stratfor’s Global Forecast Report Torn to Bits by International Analysts

They are saying Russia will collapse and disappear within a decade...

Feb 26 13:48

US, UK Trainers a Violation of Ukraine Peace Deal?

Washington and London appear to believe point 10 of the Minsk Agreement banning all foreign armed formations and mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine do not apply to them.

Feb 26 13:33

Cypriot President Comes to Moscow: Russia’s Growing Presence in Mediterranean

On February 25, Russia and Cyprus signed an agreement on military-technical cooperation during the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’ official visit to Russia. In particular, it envisages the use of airports and seaports of the Republic by Russian warplanes and warships in humanitarian operations and emergencies, as well as anti-terrorist operations.

Feb 26 12:07

Russia Signs Military Deal With EU Member State

Russian navy ships will now have access to stop off at ports in Cyprus, while Moscow will continue to provide the Mediterranean country with debt relief, following an agreement by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.

Feb 26 09:48

Donbas blames Kiev ‘economic blockade’ for multi-currency introduction

The people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk will introduce a multi-currency financial system using the US dollar, euro and yuan. This is to shield against the free fall of the domestic currency, the hryvnia, and the “economic blockade” by Kiev.

"As Ukraine is not going to lift the economic blockade as agreed, as the Ukrainian currency has depreciated to such an extent that large city stores are becoming sold out, I inform you that we decided to launch a multi-currency system in our country,” said Igor Plotnitsky, head of self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk, as quoted by TASS. “We will use the ruble, the hryvnia, the dollar and other currencies convenient for us."

Feb 26 09:35

For propaganda & 'democracy promotion’: State Dept seeks budget to counter RT

Citing RT’s influence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked US lawmakers for more money for propaganda and “democracy promotion” programs around the world.

Feb 26 09:29

Ukraine Electricity Emergency Courtesy of Guess Who?

The rogues in Kiev, by refusing any serious diplomatic resolution of the conflict for the past nine months, but rather opting to speak with bombs and terror, have now created for its citizens a desperate situation. The country now has dramatic power outages and heating crises as severe winter sets in.

Feb 26 09:23

Vladimir Putin : NATO legions are already fighting in Ukraine (ENG SUB)

Feb 26 09:20

Pussy Riot lampoon Putin in new House of Cards season

The provocative punk rock band describe Russian President figure as “not afraid of anyone except gays” in a forthcoming episode of Kevin Spacey’s hit Netflix series . Pussy Riot have described a fictional Vladimir Putin-esque Russian President as a man “not afraid of anyone except gays” and “who loves his friends so much that he has sold them half the country”, in a scene in the third season of Kevin Spacey’s Golden Globe-winning House of Cards.

Feb 26 09:17

Former NATO Intel Officer Blames US for Ukraine Crisis

A former NATO intelligence analyst has said that the crisis in Ukraine stems from as far back as 30 years when the United States "deliberately sabotaged" relations between Europe and Russia.

Feb 26 09:09

Poland to Send Troops to Help Train Ukrainian Army

Poland is to send ‘several dozen’ troops to Ukraine to help train the army there in their de facto war with Russia—but a Russian news portal says ‘nothing new’. Defence ministry advisor Bogus?aw Pacek has confirmed that Poland will follow the example of the United Kingdom, which this week said it would send 75 army trainers.

Feb 26 08:09

Clashes in Kiev as anti-government protest escalates

The clashes between National Guard troops, deployed near the central metro station Arsenalnaya, and the participants of a nationalist demonstration erupted after police had arrested several protesters. Protesters are throwing Molotov cocktails at the building of the Prosecutor-General’s Office, saying that’s just a “warning signal.”

Major police and National Guard forces have been deployed to the centre of the city. The disorder has engulfed Kiev Borispol airport where a group of Ukrainian paramilitaries, calling themselves the Battalion Brotherhood, threaten to suspend air links with the EU countries. Dozens of people have been gathering near the key airport.

Feb 26 08:08

Poroshenko's Big Haul: What Exactly Did Ukraine Bring Back From the UAE?

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has come back from the UAE, and is reported to have racked up nearly 20 contracts on the supply of weaponry to Ukraine.

Feb 26 07:38

Jeb Bush Wouldn't Hesitate to Start 'Third Bush War'

In response to a question, the former Florida governor said his family ties would not prohibit him from engaging in armed conflict in the Middle East.

(*The way this family assumes ownership of the nation , it sounds to me like when it commences , it will be known as Bush War III rather than WWIII , and family ties will have everything to do with it . )

Feb 26 07:32

Ukraine 'starts heavy weapons withdrawal'

Ukraine's army is starting the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line in the east as part of a truce, the defence ministry says.

It says the pullout of 100mm calibre artillery "is the first step" and will be monitored by OSCE observers.

Pro-Russian rebels earlier said they had started withdrawing their weapons.

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Looks like Putin, Merkel, and Hollande pulled the rug out from the US war with Russia! (For now).

Feb 26 07:25

Top Ukrainian Nazi Visits U.S. Congress, Pentagon, Seeks Weapons for Ukraine

The Deputy Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy, who had been the co-founder of the Nazi-inspired Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, met in Washington on Wednesday, February 25th, with members of the U.S. House and Senate who support his request that the U.S. Government donate weapons to his virtually bankrupt Government. Parubiy also visited with the Pentagon. Weapons are needed by his Government because his Government is engaged in a civil war against the residents in the area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for the former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Parubiy himself (when he was called “the Mayor of Maidan”) led to overthrow in a violent February 2014 coup.

Feb 26 06:35

US armor paraded 300m from Russian border

NATO member Estonia has held a military parade in border town of Narva, just 300 meters from the Russian border. Tallinn is a long-time critic of Moscow, which it accuses of having an aggressive policy towards the Baltic nation.

Feb 25 23:08

US-NATO Military Convoy of Tanks and Armored Vehicles at Russia’s Doorstep, Rolling Along the Estonia-Russia Border

A long column of military vehicles, including tanks and armored cars was filmed on 23 February in the Russian-speaking border city of Narva, Estonia.

Feb 25 23:00

"There is no such thing as Russian language" - Deputy and MP for Poroshenko's Party

Rada Deputy Ivan Vinnik said that there is no such thing as a Russian language during the commemoration of the Heavenly Hundred.

Feb 25 17:55

THE GRAND ILLUSION

The truth is that the risk of an American being killed by terrorism is close to zero, having been calculated at 1:20,000,000

Feb 25 16:05

Poland likely to send military advisers to help Ukraine – defense aid

Poland may follow the UK’s lead and send military advisers to Ukraine to help train the country’s troops. An aid to the Polish defense minister says a final decision will be made in March with the number expected to be under a hundred.

Feb 25 14:56

Anti-War Campaigners Condemn Decision to Send British Troops to Ukraine

Lindsey German, convenor of Stop the War, said "After British military exercises in Ukraine last year.

Feb 25 14:36

Washington Has Resurrected the Threat of Nuclear War

Foreign Affairs is the publication of the elitist Council on Foreign Relations, a collection of former and current government officials, academics, and corporate and financial executives who regard themselves as the custodian and formulator of US foreign policy. The publication of the council carries the heavy weight of authority. One doesn’t expect to find humor in it, but I found myself roaring with laughter while reading an article in the February 5 online issue by Alexander J. Motyl, “Goodbye, Putin: Why the President’s Days Are Numbered.”

I assumed I was reading a clever parody of Washington’s anti-Putin propaganda. Absurd statement followed absurd statement. It was better than Colbert. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Feb 25 14:21

Clashes in Kiev as anti-government protest escalates

An anti-government demonstration in downtown Kiev escalated in scuffles on Wednesday afternoon, with 1,000 people already taking part in the event.

Feb 25 14:18

Militia DNR reported that in the south of the Donetsk region is a tank battle

RIA Novosti. Tank battle is in the south of the village Shirokino Donetsk region, RIA Novosti reported the militia headquarters of the DNI.

The village is part of the Shirokino Novoazovskiy Donetsk region. It is located on the shores of the Sea of Azov between the cities of Mariupol (under the control of law enforcement officers) and Novoazovsk (under the control of the self-proclaimed militia Donetsk People's Republic). In the autumn the village was under the control of militias DNI, then considered neutral territory. In early February, was occupied by Ukrainian battalion

Feb 25 11:45

Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?

The deputy foreign minister announced that Kiev is preparing for “full-scale war” against Russia and wants the West to supply lethal weapons and training so the fight can be taken to Russia.

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So this is where WW3 will officially start!

Feb 25 11:27

Ukraine: Right Sector march against Kiev govt, saying 'we put you there'

Activists from the 'ultra-nationalist' Right Sector marched through Kiev on Wednesday to express their dissatisfaction with the current Ukrainian government a year on from the coup that saw the ex-president Viktor Yanukovych violently ousted.

Feb 25 10:27

Ukraine Enters Hyperinflation: Currency Trading Halted, "Soon We Will Walk Around With Suitcases For Cash"

The Ukraine central bank tried to call a halt on Wednesday by banning banks from buying foreign currency on behalf of their clients for the rest of this week. Although banks could still trade with each other, by mid-morning there were no registered trades at any rate, leaving the currency in limbo. A construction worker exchanging dollars at a kiosk in a grocery shop in return for a bag filled with thousands of hryvnia, laughed and told shoppers: "Soon we will have to walk around with suitcases for cash, like in the 1990s."

Feb 25 10:19

Amid doubts, truce in Ukraine appears to largely hold

Over the weekend, the Obama administration released satellite images that it said showed the Russian army had joined the pro-Russian separatists in their efforts to encircle Debaltseve and take the city, supplying artillery systems and multiple-rocket launchers to the area. It was impossible to independently verify the grainy black-and-white satellite images posted to Twitter by the U.S. ambassador, Geoffrey Pyatt.

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Isn't that always the case?

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It is impossible to tell what is in these images, all the more so because Kiev uses Russian equipment, some of which deserted to the Eastern Ukrainian forces along with their soldiers.

This reminds me of the infamous satellite photos shown by Colin Powell which were claimed to show mobile support vehicles for chemical weapons use, which later turned out to be ordinary fire trucks!

Feb 25 09:54

Cyprus signs military deal with Russia

Cyprus on Wednesday signed a deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls on the island.

The deal with European Union member Cyprus, which also hosts British military bases, comes amid Russia-West tensions over Ukraine, the worst since the Cold War times.

Feb 25 09:42

Ukraine's 128th Brigade commander blamed for losing state-of-the-art US-supplied equipment

“The most scandalous is the fact that the units of the 128th Brigade abandoned the latest US counter-mortar radar which was supplied to us only recently. It was the first delivery of precision US weaponry to Ukraine. The radar was well packed, and I hope that at least they had some opportunity to use it. It was a unique, expensive weapon which they abandoned. It suggests the withdrawal was not conducted in accordance with any plans, there was no preparation for it, and the brigade commander who exited the cauldron before his soldiers who were coming out for the next two days, received the Hero of Ukraine award. If this is how one encourages the proper treatment of soldiers and toward military equipment, then what can I say?” Butusov said.

Feb 25 09:20

Putin: Gas supplies to Europe could suffer in 3-4 days if Kiev doesn't pay

Russia will cut off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev fails to pay in “three or four days,” President Vladimir Putin said, adding that this "will create a problem" for gas transit to Europe.

“Gazprom has been fully complying with its obligations under the Ukraine gas supply contract and will continue doing that,” Putin told reporters after talks with the president of Cyprus on Wednesday. “The advance payment for gas supply made by the Ukrainian side will be in place for another three to four days. If there is no further prepayment, Gazprom will suspend supplies under the contract and its supplement. Of course, this could create a certain problem for [gas] transit to Europe to our European partners.”

However, Putin expressed the hope that it would not come to that, stressing that “it depends on the financial discipline of our Ukrainian partners.”

Feb 25 09:07

Ukraine Lies Are Iraq Lies All over Again

This is Iraq all over again. I'm talking about the deception of the American people about a threat that may not even exist. Iraq had its "weapons of mass destruction." Ukraine has its alleged "invasion" by Russia and threat to the rest of Eastern Europe. I busted this myth in my book Ukraine in the Crosshairs. What I found in my research is that those trying to convince us of Putin's dastardly role are lying.

In all honesty I don't know whether or not Russia has played the role it's been accused of. But I did find that those who are trying to convince us of that rely upon fabrications. I've got evidence of that.

Feb 25 09:00

Facebook frontline: Kiev calls up 'online army' amid information war

A day after Ukraine announced it is joining the information war by creating an 'online army,' the Information Policy Ministry entered into its first controversy. It has reportedly called on bloggers to create accounts to spread information useful to Kiev.

The ministry has begun accepting applications from people wanting to join the online army. Once users are registered, they reportedly receive instructions on how to proceed.

Feb 25 08:58

Cash for Gas: Russia Threatens to Shut Off Gas in Two Days for Lack of Payment; Meter Maid Called In

Last year, Russia shut off gas deliveries to Ukraine for lack of payment. Most of the flow through Ukraine goes to Europe, but Russia accused Ukraine of siphoning off gas without paying for it.

In December, Ukraine agreed to prepay for gas. The flows resumed, but a major dispute has recently arisen.

Feb 25 08:52

Vladimir Putin ordered Russian special forces to steal MH370 and secretly landed it at huge space port in Kazakhstan, claims [CNN] expert

The missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was hijacked on the orders of Vladimir Putin and secretly landed in Kazakhstan, an expert has claimed in a wild new theory.

Jeff Wise, a U.S. science writer who spearheaded CNN's coverage of the Boeing 777-200E, has based his outlandish theory on pings that the plane gave off for seven hours after it went missing, that were recorded by British telecommunications company Inmarsat.

Feb 25 08:41

Russian sanctions create broader problems for entire EU– Cyprus president

EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis have neither proved effective, nor met the expectations of those who imposed them, but brought huge losses, said Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis ahead of a visit to Moscow.

The sanctions have not only complicated the economic situation in many European countries, but brought no prospects of peace for the Ukrainian people, said Anastasiadis in an interview to TASS.

Feb 25 08:21

U.S. military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the Russian border

U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.

Feb 25 08:20

US and British army parade 300 yards from Russia border

US army vehicles and British soldiers paraded through the streets of an Estonian city just 300 yards from the Russian border yesterday, in a display of Western unity against the encroaching threat from Moscow.

Armoured vehicles from the US Army's Second Cavalry Regiment and British troops were officially taking part in a military parade marking Estonia's Independence Day, but the choice of location was deeply symbolic.

Feb 25 07:23

What’s Behind Ukraine’s Secret Weapons Deal with UAE

U.S. President Barack Obama apparently is going ahead with his plan for NATO missiles to be placed in Ukraine aimed against Moscow, but found a way to do it that won’t violate the warnings by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin against Washington’s directly supplying those arms to Ukraine (such as is demanded of Obama by congressional Republicans, and even by a few hawkish Democrats — all passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton). Obama’s subordinate (or dependent local leader), the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, is now arranging to receive those weapons via a less direct channel; and this arrangement couldn’t happen if the U.S. White House were opposed to it. The idea might even have originated inside the White House.

Feb 24 23:06

U.S. Pushes For Escalation, Arms Kiev By Laundering Weapons Through Abu Dhabi

The U.S. is circumventing its own proclaimed policy of not delivering weapons to Ukraine and is thereby, despite urgent misgivings from its European allies, increasing the chance of a wider catastrophic war in Europe.

Feb 24 23:03

Russia's Gazprom Sees Gas-Transit Risk After Ukraine Misses Pre-Payment

Russia's Gazprom said on Tuesday there were serious risks to gas transit to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev failed to pay in advance for supplies as a dispute between the two countries intensified.

Feb 24 15:30

Putin: War with Ukraine "unlikely"

Feb 24 15:29

Bloody safari: shoot aliens Ukrainians as animals

Google translate: Militia Donetsk People's Republic reported on the Elimination of two army outposts Kiev near Donetsk. According to Defense Minister Igor Strelkov DNR, one of the roadblocks kept people in the NATO camouflage and with foreign passports, presumably mercenaries. Although in recent months among the executioners appeared and those who do not receive money from Kiev - on the contrary, is willing to pay for the opportunity to shoot at people with impunity. Ukrainian authorities to convert the combat zone in the park extreme entertainment for foreign tourists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is just a little sick.

Feb 24 15:26

What Ukraine conflict is Really all about.

There has been bad blood between Ukies & Jews since Jewish Communists perpetrated the Ukrainian Terror Famine ("Holodomor") in the 1930's: At least seven million dead Ukrainians.

The Chosenites have been indulging all manner of veiled aggressions against Ukraine over the years. And what would be the most satisfying aggression but to steal their whole country out from under the Ukrainians.

Also, it's true that the Chosenites wanted to light off a serious but ultimately limited engagement against Russia to unseat oligarch-jailer Putin and to depopulate Ukraine to make it "a land without a people for a people without a land" (since things aren't going so well in Occupied Palestine).

N.B. That a *Malaysian* airliner was knocked down was a deadbang indicator as to who is behind all of this.

Feb 24 14:47

Do Ukrainians Want War? Dnipropetrovsk city councillor Victoria Shilova says – NO!

Viktoria Shilova, Member of the Dnipropetrovsk City Council, is now awaiting trial for opposing the mobilization of the Ukrainian army against the people of Donbass. Sources in social media have indicated she could be facing an 8 year sentence.

Feb 24 14:19

Cameron has threatened Russia disconnecting from the SWIFT system at the deteriorating situation in Ukraine

Google Translate: British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday the possibility of disabling Russian banks from the SWIFT system in the event of deterioration of the situation in the Donbass.

Feb 24 14:18

Russia may refuse American Rating agencies service

Google Translate: Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak has warned that Moscow's reaction to the actions of the international rating agencies may not only verbal.

We add that the cancellation of the agreement to maintain a rating in which the issuer pays for the work the agency does not mean automatic termination of rating.

Earlier, the international rating agency Moody's downgraded the sovereign credit rating of Russia to «Ba1» with «Baa3» with a negative outlook. Thus, the country's rating dropped to "junk" level. As explained in the release of Moody's, in 2015, Russia's economy is waiting for a deep recession in 2016, the reduction will continue. The main reasons for lowering the agency points out the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis, falling oil prices, and the exchange rate.

Feb 24 14:15

British Foreign Office Wants UK Journalist Graham Phillips out of Donbass

The Foreign Office has contacted Phillips to apply pressure he leave Donbass and stop reporting on the war.

Feb 24 14:11

Ukraine War: A Reverse Cuban Missile Crisis

In a rather ghastly Nineteenth Century experiment, a biologist by the name of Heinzmann found that if he placed a frog in boiling water, the frog immediately leapt out but that if he placed the frog in tepid water and then gradually heated it, the frog stayed put until he was scalded to death.

Feb 24 14:08

Ukrainian junta defeated - while the people face social and economic collapse

Poroshenko is trying his best to dress up a major military disaster as a tactical retreat while at the same time calling for EU/UN peacekeepers to come into the Donbass region. It seems unlikely that the EU or UN would get involved in such a dangerous escalation of the situation which is seen by the Russian Federation as totally unacceptable.

Feb 24 13:59

EU Reeling Between US and Russia

The Minsk 2.0 agreement de facto shows that Germany and France, the leading European powers are trying to break away from the "American Chaos project."

Feb 24 13:46

E. Ukraine artillery withdrawal focus of FMs meeting – as Poroshenko buys UAE weapons

While the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were meeting in Paris to talk about the Eastern Ukraine peace settlement, it was revealed that the Ukrainian president has struck a deal on arms supplies from the UAE.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess that's where a big chunk of that IMF funding went!

Feb 24 13:41

Possibility of New Anti-Russian Sanctions Increases - White House

White House Press Secretary said that the chances to impose new sanctions against Russia have increased amid continuing unrest in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 24 13:33

Western "Boots On The Ground" In Ukraine: Britain Sends 75 "Military Advisers" To Combat "Russia-Backed Aggression"

In what we believe is the first touchdown of Western 'boots-on-the-ground' in Ukraine, Britain's David Cameron stated today that British military personnel are to be deployed to Ukraine for the first time in the next few weeks to provide advice and training to government troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except that we already know that American and British English speakers have already been caught on video supporting Kiev's forces.

Feb 24 13:04

[eng subs] UAF 25th bat. "Kiev Rus" commander reveals truth about Debaltsevo cauldron

Feb 24 12:48

USA army invasion in Estonia!!! Next stop Ukraine!!!

Feb 24 12:46

80% of buildings destroyed during fighting in Debaltsevo — city mayor

A total of 80% of buildings have been destroyed during combat activities in the city of Debaltsevo in the Donetsk Region, city mayor Alexander Afendikov said Tuesday.

"Kindergartens, schools and other institutions do not work," the Donetsk news agency quoted Afendikov as saying. "The key task for us now is to restore housing, provide food and drink for people. The city has been 80% destroyed. Still, we are arranging peaceful life: we recently celebrated Pancake Week."

Feb 24 12:45

Heavy weapons pullout only in DPR and LPR — Russian envoy to joint control center

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have submitted to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination schedules of heavy weapons pullout, Alexander Lentsov said

Feb 24 12:45

Kiev bans all ways into Ukraine for civilians of self-proclaimed Luhansk republic

Residents of the militia-controlled areas of east Ukraine may travel elsewhere in Ukraine only through the territory of Russia

Feb 24 12:45

CNN set for Russia broadcasting comeback — media supervisor

American cable news channel CNN is set to receive a new Russian broadcasting licence, one month after leaving the country in December, says communications supervisor Roskomnadzor.

"The licence is being finalised and could be signed this week," said Vadim Ampelonskiy, from the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media.

Feb 24 12:44

No plans to ask Russia for loan restructuring — Cyprus government

Restructuring of a 2.5-billion-euro loan Russia extended to Cyprus in 2011 is not on the agenda of upcoming talks in Moscow of Cyprian President Nikos Anastasiadis, Cyprian government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides told TASS on Tuesday.

"We are very grateful and satisfied with terms for the repayment of Russian loan," he said. Russia has recently revised the initial terms of the loan, reducing the lending interest rate from 4.5% to 2.5%, while the deadline on the main debt has been moved from 2016 to 2018-2021.

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Greece take note!

Feb 24 12:42

Why does Britain have a problem with Russia?

In recent days, the hyperbole has risen to hysteria level with senior members of the British government outdoing each other to make the most infantile, irresponsible, insolent and insulting remarks against Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin. What is Britain's problem with Russia, the country that shed rivers of blood to free Europe from Fascism?

Feb 24 12:39

A Ukrainian's Letter to John Kerry

I am a citizen of Ukraine – a poor country, located in Eastern Europe. They say that George Bush Jr. couldn’t find it on the map. Maybe that’s why the war here began only now, after Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries were freed from authoritarianism and to which the great USA brought democracy and prosperity.

But our time has now come. Desperate Ukraine is becoming more and more like the good old USA of your youth – the USA of Senator Joseph McCarty, Dr. Strangelove and the war in Vietnam. Our economy is in deep crisis, the Euromaidan ‘reforms’ are bringing catastrophic success, and the army is heroically retreating before the enemy.

Feb 24 12:38

British Foreign Office Wants UK Journalist Graham Phillips out of Donbass

British journalist Graham Phillips, who became a national hero of Novorossia after being wounded near Donetsk, recently published a letter that he obtained from the British Foreign Office. «We have been alerted to a number of social media updates that have caused some to raise questions about your presence in Ukraine in a journalistic capacity. — the letter says. — Particular things that have raised concerns include being photographed while wearing military uniforms, separatist insignia, or holding firearms. We are very concerned that you may be putting yourself in danger through these types of activities which could be seen as a blurring of the line between journalism and active involvement in a conflict».

Feb 24 12:37

Crimeans' Choice Should Be Respected - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged to respect the choice of the Crimean people who voted for reunification with Russia at a referendum on March 16, 2014.

"As regards the state affiliation, the people living in Crimea made their choice, it should be respected, and Russia could not have done otherwise," Putin said in an interview with the journalist Vladimir Solovyov on the Russia One television on Monday.

Feb 24 12:37

Search for 8,000 Draft Evaders Unleashed in Ukraine’s Western Region

Many of the targeted men in Ivano-Frankivsk region have left for abroad or are refusing draft notifications

Feb 24 12:36

Gazprom: Gas Supplies to Ukraine Can Stop in Two Days

Cessation of natural gas deliveries to Ukraine will jeopardize supplies to Europe

Feb 24 11:32

Kiev cash-for-gas fail could cost EU its supply - Gazprom

Russia will completely cut Ukraine off gas supplies in two days if Kiev fails to pay for deliveries, which will create transit risks for Europe, Gazprom has said.

Ukraine has not paid for March deliveries and is extracting all it can from the current paid supply, seriously risking an early termination of the advance settlement and a supply cutoff, Gazprom's CEO Alexey Miller told journalists. The prepaid gas volumes now stand at 219 million cubic meters.

"It takes about two days to get payment from Naftogaz deposited to a Gazprom account. That's why a delivery to Ukraine of 114 million cubic meters will lead to a complete termination of Russian gas supplies as early as in two days, which creates serious risks for the transit to Europe,” Miller said.

Feb 24 11:21

Former Ukraine Deputy PM Says "Another Coup Can Not Be Ruled Out" Among Currency Implosion, Central Bank Charges

A year or so on from the last coup in Ukraine, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov told TASS, with growing popular discontent, "another state coup can’t be ruled out in Ukraine." As the cease-fire deal hangs torn and tattered in the Debaltseve winds, the nation is a mess: a new gas dispute looms as Gazprom demands upfront payments; capital controls have been tightened as the $17.5bn IMF loan may not be enough; and the central bank governor faces prosecution as the economy craters. All of these factors have driven massive outflows from Ukraine and the Hryvnia has crashed to over 33 to the USD - a record high (and 70% devaluation from the last coup).

Feb 24 11:06

82% of viewers LITHUANIAN TV "RUSSIA telling the truth" (Feb 23)

February 23, during a news program, viewers were asked
"You notice that in Lithuania growing propaganda (by russia)?".
At the end of transmission leading sounded live results of
the survey: 12% answered "Yes";
6% do not notice the growth of propaganda,
82% said "This isn`t propaganda, Russia just telling the truth"

Feb 24 10:24

Three Fronts For Russia: How Washington Will Fan The Flames Of Chaos In Central Asia

2015 will be marked by preparations for widespread destabilization in Central Asia and the transformation of AfPak into an Islamic State subsidiary on the borders of Russia, India, China, and Iran. The start of full-scale war, which will inevitably follow once chaos engulfs the region, will lead to a bloodbath in the “Eurasian Balkans,” automatically involving more than a third of the world’s population and almost all the United States’ geopolitical rivals. It’s an opportunity Washington will find too good to miss.

Russia’s response to this challenge has to be multifaceted: involving the region in the process of Eurasian integration, providing military, economic, and political assistance, working closely with its allies in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS, strengthening the Pakistani army, and of course assisting with the capture of the bearded servants of the Caliphate.

Feb 24 09:56

Ukraine Won’t Abide by Ceasefire Deal’s Withdrawal of Heavy Weapons

One of the most important aspects of the Minsk ceasefire for eastern Ukraine was the removal of heavy weapons from the front lines. Both sides were a bit slow in getting this going, with the rebels just finally starting the pullback over the weekend.

The two sides were supposed to do the pullbacks within two weeks of the ceasefire, and the rebels were about a week in when they began. That’s far better than the Ukrainian military, however, which is now refusing to pull weapons out at all.

The army is claiming that the rare skirmishes ongoing in the nation’s east justify them keeping their military assets on the front lines, even though that’s the opposite of what the ceasefire deal said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against the Ukrainian military launching another vicious attack against the breakaway Eastern republics; by refusing to withdraw their weapons, they have their weapons in position to do just that.

Feb 24 09:51

Cameron says UK to send military advisers to Ukraine

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday Britain would deploy military personnel to Ukraine in the next month to help train the Ukrainian army, warning that Moscow would move to destabilise other countries if left unchallenged.

“Over the course of the next month we’re going to be deploying British service personnel to provide advice and a range of training, to tactical intelligence to logistics, to medical care,” Cameron told a committee of lawmakers in parliament.

“We’ll also be developing an infantry training programme with Ukraine to improve the durability of their forces.”

Feb 24 09:15

Pentagon Weapons Chief To Meet With Ukrainians

Even though they are not allowed to sell to them, U.S. arms makers are meeting with Ukrainian military officials, listening to their weapons wish list.

Feb 24 09:01

Poroshenko Vows to 'Regain Control' of Crimea, Gets Rebuke from Crimean PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed early Monday to return "occupied Crimea" to Ukraine, prompting a rebuke from internet users, and later from Crimean authorities as well.

In a pair of tweets published after 2am Monday morning, Poroshenko stated that "Ukraine will regain control of occupied Crimea," noting that "this is inevitable," and promising that "Ukraine will never give up its sovereign rights" to the region. Moreover, the president stated that Ukraine would "protect [the] rights of its people with all available means," and that "together we will build a new Crimea."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: sir, forgive me, but have you gone absolutely barking, frothing at the mouth mad, to make such a statement?!?

It appears that you know absolutely nothing about Crimea's history; otherwise, you possibly would not have opened your yob and made this threat. Crimea was, historically, a part of Russia, and Russian-speaking, until it was annexed by Nikita Kruschev, himself a Ukrainian native, in the mid-50s.

When the legally elected government of Ukraine was overturned in an EU/US putsch last year, Crimea, in what was universally judged as a free and fair, referendum, voted to rejoin the Russian Federation.

Russia did not "annex" Crimea, and Russia has done nothing wrong here.
This was a move by the Crimean people, to separate themselves from an unlawful change of government.

Feb 24 08:45

Noam Chomsky on the rise of Islamic State & the Ukraine crisis

The political scientist and philosopher Noam Chomsky tells Channel 4 News that the ceasefire agreement in Ukraine is "a glimmer of hope... but we'll have to wait and see."

Feb 24 08:22

Kiev troops abandoned large amount of military equipment and ammunition in Debaltseve

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Skip forward to the 1:30 mark and start watching. They are showing an English/Ukrainian translation guide for a radio operator. So why do Kiev's forces need ENGLISH radio guides? It suggests that English-speaking forces were in control of Kiev's forces on the ground, most likely American mercenaries.

Remember this video?


Feb 24 07:56

Wikileak Cables: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Washington's Pocket Since 2006

The evidence that the U.S. was behind the toppling of the Ukrainian government early this year is so overwhelming at this point that the subject really isn't up for debate, however initially it was unclear how the election of Petro Poroshenko fit in. The ecstatic response by Washington when he was declared the winner, and their unbending support in spite of his ongoing military assault against civilians in the east, made it clear that he was the chosen one, but the paper trail wasn't immediately obvious.

As it turns out, the evidence that Poroshenko is in the pocket of the U.S. State Department has been available all this time, you just had to know where to find it. In a classified diplomatic cable from 2006 released by Wikileaks.org, U.S. officials refer to Poroshenko as "Our Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko".

Feb 24 07:42

Abbott says 'there was talk' of sending Australian troops into Ukraine

Tony Abbott has denied ever discussing unilaterally sending in troops to Iraq but says he did consider putting troops on the ground in Ukraine.

Feb 24 07:23

Despite US/Israel Demands, 'Isolated' Russia Offers Iran Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles

With proxy wars mounting and "isolated" Russia ratifying The BRICS Bank this week, we are sure Washington is preparing to double-down on 'costs' (to Europeans) as Reuters reports, Russia has offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 missiles (ironically after a deal to supply less powerful S-300 missiles was dropped under Western pressure in 2010). While the United States and Israel lobbied Russia to block the missile sale, the head of Russian state defense conglomerate, Sergei Chemezov, says, "as far as Iran is concerned, we offered Antey-2500 instead of S-300. They are thinking. No decision has been made yet."

Feb 23 22:58

‘Understanding Russia’ – An Attempt to Wake German Citizens from State Media Hypnosis

In defiance of Russian security interests the West has been expanding its sphere of influence and financing ‘orange revolutions’. NATO's eastward expansion, missile defence, regime change—the fear of encirclement was justified

Feb 23 16:43

Putin: France, Germany genuinely want to find compromise over E. Ukraine

The leaders of France and Germany genuinely want to find a compromise that would help end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his latest interview.

Speaking to Rossiya 1 TV channel on the conflict and the breakthrough of the Minsk agreement, Putin said that “it seemed to me [the leaders of France and Germany], have a genuine desire to find such compromise solutions that would lead to the final settlement [of the conflict]...”

He cited the Minsk protocol which includes the decentralization of power in Ukraine and a “reference explaining what it implies.” The authors of the reference are "our German and French partners,” he said, adding that this speaks of their sincerity in finding a compromise.

“I had the impression that our partners have more trust in us than distrust, and in any case believe in our sincerity,” Putin said on Monday.

Feb 23 16:40

Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?

A senior Ukrainian official is urging the West to risk a nuclear conflagration in support of a “full-scale war” with Russia that he says authorities in Kiev are now seeking, another sign of the extremism that pervades the year-old, U.S.-backed regime in Kiev.

Feb 23 14:30

Ukraine Prepares for FULL SCALE WAR! Military Industrial Complex Profits!

Feb 23 14:18

"Ukraine will go to war in late March"--Zakharchenko

The head of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksandr Zakharchenko announced that Ukraine is bringing up heavy equipment to the conflict zone and, in his opinion, might resume combat operations in late March or early April.

“We are beginning the withdrawal of heavy equipment, while Ukraine is bringing it up from Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. Seems to be there will be a provocation. Ukraine will go to war in late March or Early April. Ukraine needs war,” Zakharchenko said during a Monday briefing.

Feb 23 14:02

Ukraine: Emergency Measures to Build Totalitarian State

Ukraine has become closer to becoming a repressive police state which has been clamping down on freedom of speech since the time of last year’s coup. Today it can be said that the process is finished. A totalitarian model to control the country’s life is about to come in full swing.

Feb 23 13:47

Defending Ukraine From Russian Imperialism?

Both the government and their corporate media vassals know their conclusions in advance. They are simple: Russia is the aggressor; America is the defender of freedom; and NATO is gallant security force that must counter Moscow’s bellicosity. As the chief pleader in the construction of this fable, the Obama administration has compiled a litany of lies about the conflict that it disseminates almost daily to its press flacks.

Feb 23 12:41

John Browne: Ukraine a Very High Risk of Slipping into Nuclear War

Could the Ukraine crisis turn into a nuclear war? Former Russian advisor to Margret Thatcher, John Browne, contends, “This would have a very high risk of slipping into nuclear war. Russia has enormous ground forces, and they are very up to date. Putin has updated the Russian armed forces tremendously. They have very sophisticated rocket weapons, and if we saw massive numbers of our troops being slaughtered, maybe we would be the first to press the nuclear button. . . . So, this is a desperate situation.”

On the Greece bailout crisis, Browne says, “Germany has exerted its force. Basically, they have a four month reprieve, but even the funds that will come in on Tuesday of this week, they are going to have monitoring which the Greeks have accepted. They said they would never accept monitoring, and they have accepted monitoring and have accepted conditions. . . . Germany has won.”

Feb 23 12:31

Top Ukrainian General Admits: Russian Forces Not in His Nation

Top Ukrainian General Viktor Muzhenko admitted on Ukrainian television that the Ukrainian army is not fighting Russian troops in Ukraine, thereby proving that the reason given by the Obama administration for imposing sanctions against Russia is a complete lie.

During a January 29 briefing for foreign military attaches aired on Ukraine’s Channel 5 television, Muzhenko, the chief of the armed forces of Ukraine, officially acknowledged, “the Ukrainian army is not engaged in combat operations against Russian units.”

Feb 23 12:30

NWO Genocide in Ukraine: Victims Pleading for Help

In February 2015, millions of peaceful people are living in hell in eastern Ukraine while the national government starves, freezes and murders them because it benefits the New World Order. The Kiev government and United Nations investigators have been hiding reports of genocide, claiming that between April 2014 and February 4, 2015 the overall death toll in the bloody civil war in Ukraine stands at 5,358.

Feb 23 11:54

Poroshenko Vows to 'Regain Control' of Crimea, Gets Rebuke from Crimean PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed early Monday to return "occupied Crimea" to Ukraine, prompting a rebuke from internet users, and later from Crimean authorities as well.

Feb 23 11:38

Ukraine army puts off withdrawal of heavy weapons from frontline of conflict

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says the army will not withdraw heavy weapons along the frontline in the conflict-stricken east as long as a full ceasefire with pro-Russia forces has not come into force.

Feb 23 11:05

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

Israel has essentially used the United States as a cat’s paw in the Middle East, manipulating America’s Leviathan military to smash up her enemies.

In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses.

Feb 23 10:58

Russia will never ‘submit’ to U.S.

Will Americans ever feel the pain — of other nations? We Americans tend to see ourselves as above such sentimentality. Yet, perhaps we might make an exception for Russia. To see why, let us reflect on our responsibility for its desert wandering since 1991.

History shows how banishing a celebrated power to the wilderness can be like stripping people of their identity. Russians do not wish to return there. We Americans should not wish Russians to see us as the main agent of their exile.

Feb 23 10:58

Greece — Syriza – Subservience to Neoliberalism – The Killing Plague that Knows No Mercy?

Greece’s debt today stands at 175 % of her economic output. The best – and only decent and socially as well as economically viable option – is exiting the Eurozone by her own decision.

Greece has various options/

Tsipras-Varoufakis must know them. Perhaps they keep them hidden away until “the last ditch” moment. To begin with, they could have imposed and still can impose strict capital transfer controls, to avoid the outflow of precious capital from Greek oligarchs, capital that eventually is missing for rebuilding Greece’s economy and would need to be replaced by new debt. Although, this is basically against EU’s rule of free transfer of capital, Greece as a sovereign country, can roll back its EU vassal status, take back its sovereignty and do what every reasonable central bank would do in Greece’s situation – impose capital transfer restrictions. After all, the Euro is also – and still is – Greece’s currency.

Feb 23 10:57

Top NATO Commander Sounds as Crazy as General Ripper

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, appointed last year as Nato’s deputy commander of forces in Europe, said the alliance needed to develop both fast-reacting conventional forces and capacities to counter Russian efforts at coercion and propaganda, as seen in Ukraine.

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Feb 23 10:56

Savings of Ukrainian Jewish refugees from Donetsk stolen in Kiev

Several Jewish refugees fleeing the civil war raging in eastern Ukraine have found themselves penniless after their life savings were stolen from a bank in Kiev, local media reported.

According to JewishNews.com.ua, a number of Jews who left the separatist stronghold of Donetsk to escape the violence had their money stolen from a safety deposit box at a branch of Alliance Bank belonging to community member Sergei Nuzbrokh, who was holding their money for them.

According to a letter obtained by the Ukrainian Jewish website, Pinchas Vishedski, Donetsk’s rabbi, accused the SBU, the Ukrainian Security Service, of stealing the funds.

Feb 23 10:55

China pivots everywhere

The world’s leading economy is on a roll as it enters a new year in the Chinese zodiac. Welcome to the Year of the Sheep. Or Goat. Or Ram. Or, technically, the Green Wooden Sheep (or Goat).

The hyper-connected average Chinese – juggling among his five smart devices (smartphones, tablets, e-readers) – is bravely advancing a real commercial revolution. In China (and the rest of Asia) online transactions are now worth twice the combined value of transactions in the US and Europe.

Feb 23 09:59

"Prepare for Full-Scale War" says Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister: "With What?" asks Mish; Ukraine Lie of the Day

I have been sitting on close to a dozen videos describing the massive damage in military equipment in the latest separatist surge.

For a description, but no videos, please see Debaltsevsky Under Rebel Control, Boiler Remains; What's Next?

I saw no need to post videos because to me it was pretty obvious this was a repeat of the devastating defeat of Ukraine last August in the Battle of Ilovaisk in which Ukrainian forces refused an offer to exit encirclement by leaving behind equipment.

Ukraine Lie of the Day

Today Ukrainian "Antiterrorist Operation" spokesman Andrei Lysenko says Since 2015 Ukraine Destroyed Nearly 3,000 Militants.

I have no idea how many separatists were killed, but the rest of the claim in the body of the article is preposterous.

Feb 23 09:58

Ukraine Gets $17.5 Billion From IMF

The IMF has put in place for the government of Ukraine a four-year extended fund facility worth about $17.5 billion. The facility was approved within hours of the announcement of a cease-fire in the battle between the Kiev government and separatists.

Feb 23 09:36

GLADIO STRIKES: Explosion at Peace Rally in Kharkov, Ukraine

At least two people have been killed after an explosive device was tossed from a car into a crowd of people gathering for a peace rally in Kharkov, Ukraine.

Feb 23 09:00

Financial War: US Wants to Trigger Wave of Russian Bankruptcies

The US government insists on a tightening of sanctions against Russia, and demands that the EU follow suit. Washington now wants sanctions that will have a “devastating” effect, which Russia must “suffer.” Financial measures are planned to trigger a wave of bankruptcies in Russia.

Feb 23 08:23

Dailykos’s Cover-Up of Obama’s Ukrainian Atrocities

Generally speaking, the falsely-called ‘liberal’ (some even call it ‘progressive’) website dailykos (founded and owned by the ‘formerly’ far-right Markos Moulitsas Zuniga) has ignored President Barack Obama’s coup a year ago in Ukraine, which violently overthrew that country’s unpopular but democratically elected President and replaced him with a racist-fascist (i.e., ideologically nazi) anti-Russian regime. It’s a regime that quickly set to work on a euphemistically called ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’ in its far-eastern region Donbass, where the voters had voted 90% for the very same man whom Obama’s State Department and CIA had just overthrown — an ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’ that kills its ‘Terrorists’ (i.e., the residents there) en-masse by firebombing, cluster-bombing, and shelling, the cities, towns, and villages, throughout the region.

Feb 23 08:04

Evil Assad, Evil Gaddafi, Now Evil Putin: How the West Sells War (and Makes a Killing)

As the conflict in Ukraine persists and as peace talks between Putin and western European leaders (Merkel and Hollande) continue, it is important to look at the economic actors/interests that benefit from conflict and regime change in the Ukraine and how this compares to situations like Syria, Libya and Iraq. There are under-reported angles and interests to these conflicts that we hear little about in western mainstream media and that many do not look for because they are too caught up in political or human dramas.

Feb 22 22:59

Kolomoisky Is About to Devour Ukraine

About a quarter century ago oligarchic capitalism started to grow in the soil of Ukraine. It is based on «natural selection» – oligarchs devour small and medium businesses, as well as state assets. With primitive capital accumulation resources coming to an end, oligarchs begin to devour each other using administrative power, forcible takeovers, corrupt courts, discrediting evidence and even assassinations, if need be. They look very much like scorpions in a jar.

Feb 22 15:18

Barb Weir interviews moderate Syrian rebels

You must be joking. Since when are Syrian rebels from Syria? They come from Afar, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Australia, Azabaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Britain, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechnya, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, France…

…but Syria? Please, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Syrian Syrian rebel. And there weren’t that many to start with.

Well, ISIL, ISIS, the Islamic state – whatever you want to call it – they’re paying even better and getting their money from the same places as us

Feb 22 09:27

Ukraine: Kerry threatens further sanctions over 'craven' Russian actions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had strong words Saturday for Russia over what he called its unacceptable actions in Ukraine -- and threatened additional sanctions against Russian interests.

Speaking in London alongside UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Kerry said Russia was "continuing to do land-grabbing in Ukraine" even as it professed to support peace efforts.

Russia's actions are "just simply unacceptable, so we are talking about additional sanctions, additional efforts," Kerry said.

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Feb 22 09:18

Poroshenko’s Army is Too Weak to Control Eastern Ukraine – German Media

The German magazine “Focus” described three possible scenarios for further development of the events in Ukraine.

Poroshenko’s army has little chance to control the Eastern Ukraine as it is too weak to rebuff militias’ attacks, the German magazine “Focus” reported.

The magazine suggests three scenarios for further developments of the situation in Ukraine.

Feb 22 09:18

Ukraine PM says cease fire non-existent, Putin on a larger mission

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Saturday that his country is not on the verge of collapse and that Russian-backed separatists continue to attack Ukrainian soldiers despite a recent cease fire agreement.

“We are very far from a collapse,” Yatsenyuk told Fox News. “You know why? We don't have a cease fire … because a cease fire means that no one shoots. Cease fire means that Russian-led terrorists do not make any kind of ongoing shellings, that they do not kill Ukrainian soldiers and innocent people.”

Yatsenyuk's comments come about one week after European leaders brokered a cease fire in the roughly 10-month conflict between Russia and Ukraine in the eastern region of the country.

A top European Union official said Thursday that the 28-member bloc will provide armored cars and satellite imagery to monitor the cease fire but is undecided on whether to commit troops to a proposed United Nations-mandated peacekeeping mission.

Feb 22 09:08

Gorbachev Says War With Russia Is Imminent

Ex Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev has said that he believes the United States is attempting to drag Russia into a war and is pulling the European Union into the situation too.

Feb 22 08:17

Putin says Russia's military strength unmatchable

Baku-APA. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday other countries should not have the illusion that they can attain military superiority over Russia, APA reports quoting Reuters.

"No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it. We will always have an adequate answer for any such

Feb 22 07:32

Evil Assad, Evil Gaddafi, Now Evil Putin: How the West Sells War (and Makes a Killing)

Distraction politics and the economic variables in Ukraine and the parallels with Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Feb 22 07:29

NATO invents Russian threats in the Baltic - but Putin's next big play is Greece

While mainstream media promulgate a fictitious message of Russian threats in the Baltic, Vladimir Putin's next big play lies far to the south. The gross intransigence of the EU, the IMF, the European Central Bank and Germany are forcing Greece into a powerful new economic and energy alliance with Russia that will reshape Europe - and for the better.

Feb 22 07:27

Kagan + Nuland: Liberal Interventionists Michael S. Rozeff

snip: Kagan stands for the liberal values that came out of the Enlightenment and characterize the Western states. But he also believes that these states are pansies who need to be muscular in defense of these values. “Muscular” means interventionist and ever-willing to insert force and arms in foreign lands; not in classic self-defense but on a pro-active, preemptive basis. In other words, to maintain liberal values and promote liberalism worldwide, the liberal states have to behave illiberally. They have to attack other countries that they deem threatening. They have to be provocative toward any country that doesn’t meet their standards of liberality.

Feb 22 07:23

Failing Tonkin Gulf Test on Ukraine

As the Ukraine crisis worsens, Official Washington fumes only about “Russian aggression” — much as a half century ago, the Tonkin Gulf talk was all about “North Vietnamese aggression.” But then and now there were other sides to the story – and questions that Congress needed to ask.

Feb 22 03:14

Ukraine... It's a Heist!!!

What are the underlying motives driving those who are continuing to fan the flames of conflict in Ukraine?

Feb 22 03:08

Strategic Implications of Debaltsevo Defeat

A number of key locations absorbed a huge amount of Novorussian forces, especially the Donetsk airport (which was used to shell Donetsk), the Debaltsevo pocket (which was used to shell Gorlovka, which threatened the Donetsk-Gorlovka-Lugansk axis and which could be used to mount an attack on either Donetsk or Lugansk) and the town of Peski which was used to support the junta forces at the Donetsk airport. They are now all in Novorussian hands.

Feb 21 21:08

"Prepare for Full-Scale War" says Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister

I have been sitting on close to a dozen videos describing the massive damage in military equipment in the latest separatist surge. For a description, but no videos, please see Debaltsevsky Under Rebel Control, Boiler Remains; What's Next?

Feb 21 16:59

Ukraine Conscripts Children in Foreign Countries

Ukraine is now so desperate to murder more residents in its Donbass region, that it is conscripting for its ethnic-cleansing there to clear the Donbass land of its residents (who had voted 90% for the man whom Obama overthrew in February 2014), so that children who have been adopted or fostered by parents in foreign countries are now being drafted to do it.

Feb 21 15:04

At War With Those “Who Have Perverted Islam”

The latest ISIL political ally to surface is Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, and an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

During a speech at this week’s White House conference on countering violent extremism,President Obama described the enemy that calls itself ISIL:

“We are not at war with Islam; we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

That statement is sensible and it is clear. It represents the President’s careful separation of ISIL (initially self-designated as the Islamic State in the Levant) from the world’s Muslim population.

ISIL is not remotely representative of Islam. It steals its language the way extremists out of Jewish and Christian backgrounds pervert those religious communities.

Feb 21 14:57

How, to contain and defeat perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism

American foreign policy and authoritarian Muslim regimes, cause/provoke Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and the despair of no hope.

If perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism (PVIF) in all of its manifestations is to be contained and defeated there’s one thing above all others that must happen – Western leaders, starting with President Obama, must open their minds to the fact that consequences have causes and then address the causes.

There are two main and related causes of PVIF (Perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism):

(1) American-led Western foreign policy for the Arab and wider Muslim world including its double standard as demonstrated by refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its defiance of international law and rejection of the Palestinian claim for justice.

(2) The corruption, authoritarianism and repression of most if not all Arab and other Muslim regimes. In most cases they are regimes supported/endorsed by American-led Western foreign policy.

Feb 21 13:46

Poroshenko Wants NATO Troops in Donbass. Kiev Forces Defeated in Debaltsevo

Yatsenyuk is a Washington favorite. He’s virulently anti-Russian. He wants Donbass freedom fighters crushed.

Perhaps he’ll be Ukraine’s next president – tasked with waging greater than ever full-scale aggression on his own people.

Maybe this time with US-led NATO help? Will Ukraine be another Libya?

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